New Port Richey
Gang leader gets 10 years in beating A documented leader of the Valentine Bloods gang will spend the next decade in prison under a plea agreement reached Tuesday. David Martin Santiago, 29, of New Port Richey pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated battery and one count of drug trafficking, said his attorney, Bjorn Brunvand. Santiago and two other gang members were accused in 2008 of savagely beating a 42-year-old man test-driving a car on Celeste Lane, where one of the gang members lived. A week after he was released on bail from that incident, authorities say, Santiago shot another man in a nightclub, the bullet grazing the victim's leg. Santiago was sentenced to 10 years in prison, but he still faces federal weapons and drug charges that could mean additional prison time.
Stabbed neighbor in stable condition
Christopher Bishop, a 37-year-old man who was stabbed in a confrontation with a neighbor and her teenage sons, is in stable condition, said Pasco County sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll. Authorities say Dollie R. Whitesel, 36, and her two teenaged sons, both armed with knives, broke into Bishop's house at 3:30 a.m. Monday to retrieve a cell phone. They confronted Bishop, and the brothers stabbed him in the chest multiple times, the sheriff's report says. Bishop's girlfriend, Linda Soares, 38, tried to stop them but Whitesel held her back, the report says. Whitesel and her sons – Tyler A. Stephens, 16, a sophomore at Anclote High School, and Shawn A. Stephens Jr., 18 – live at 3818 Greenfield Drive. The incident happened at 3817 Greenfield Drive. Whitesel and her sons are charged with attempted felony murder and armed burglary. Whitesel and Shawn Stephens are being held at the county jail in lieu of $200,000 bail. Tyler Stephens is in juvenile custody.
Brooksville man is shot at party
A Brooksville man who was shot multiple times at a party early Saturday is in stable condition, said Kevin Doll, spokesman for the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Authorities are looking for the man who shot Timothy Aiello, 48, at the home at 3351 Garfield Drive about 6:30 a.m. Doll said the incident was drug-related. A witness said Aiello rolled up to the party in his white Cadillac Escalade and flashed a wad of cash — and another party guest tried to rob him at gunpoint. That witness said bullets hit Aiello twice in the abdomen and grazed his head.
The last of seven men accused of operating a multimillion-dollar cocaine ring in Pasco County was convicted on drug and gun charges in district court Tuesday. In Tampa Bay